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Hovhannes (Ivan) Aivazovsky
Aivazovsky"s name is intricately bound with the sea. "Perhaps no one in Europe has painted the extraordinary beauty of the sea with so much feeling and expressiveness as Aivazovsky has", writes V. Adasov.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was born in the family of a merchant of Armenian origin in the town of Feodosia, Crimea.

The Artist"s ancestors were called Aivazian. His father called himself Haivazosky. The Artist and his brother decided to call themselves Aivazian or Aivazovsky.

Some of the Artist"s work bears the signature Hovhannes Aivazian, in Armenian. His parents were under strained circumstances and he spent his childhood in poverty.

With the help of people who had noticed the talented youth, he entered the Simpheropol gymnasium, and then the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where he took the landscape painting course and was especially interested in marine landscapes.

In the autumn of 1836 Aivazovsky presented 5 marine pictures to the Academic exhibition, which were highly appreciated. At the age of twenty he graduates from the Art Academy of St. Petersburg with the Major Gold Medal for Calm in the Gulf of Finland (1836) and The Great Roads at Kronstadt (1836), which allowed him to go on a long study trip abroad.

He goes to Italy to continue his studies and returns as an internationally acclaimed seascape painter. Neither financial security nor life in Palace interests him.

He returns to his native land, builds a workplace/home on the seashore and, until the last days of his life, dedicates himself to the work that he loves.

He participates in exhibitions all over the world. He gets recognition and glory as a representative of Russian art greatly helps in familiarizing it.


During the period of 1840-1844 Aivazovsky, as a pensioner of the Academy of Arts, spent time in Italy, traveled to Germany, France, Spain, and Holland. He worked much and had many exhibitions, meeting everywhere with success.

He painted a lot of marine landscapes, which became very popular in Italy: The Bay of Naples by Moonlight (1842), Seashore.Calm (1843), Malta.Valetto Harbour (1844).

His works were highly appreciated by J.W.M. Turner, a prominent English landscape and marine painter.

In the course of his work, Aivazovsky evolved his own method of depicting the motion of the sea – from memory, without preliminary sketches, limiting himself to rough pencil outlines.

 
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Writer: RepublicOfArmenia.com News
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 
 
 Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:21:33 
 




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